Transcripts

Press Conference, Canberra

16 September 2015

TREASURER: Well, there's two announcements today and I'm joined by the Commissioner of Taxation. I very much appreciate all the work he’s put into these different announcements. Firstly, today I introduced the multinational anti-avoidance laws into the Parliament. Australia is leading the world in cracking down on multinationals that are not paying their fair share […]

Press Conference, Canberra

14 September 2015

TREASURER: Mr Turnbull made a number of claims about economic leadership that are completely unfounded. He has never said to me, or to the Cabinet, that we are heading in the wrong economic direction. The disloyalty of some has been outrageous. We have an economic plan that is being delivered and is working, an economy […]

Interview with Jon Faine, 774 ABC Melbourne

14 September 2015

JON FAINE: Joe Hockey joins me this morning, the Federal Treasurer. As the Government seems indeed to be voting no confidence in itself, Mr Hockey good morning to you. TREASURER: Good morning Jon. JON FAINE: The instability, the headlines, the constant swirling rumours – that is a vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

14 September 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Will Malcolm Turnbull clear the air, put up or shut up? TREASURER: Neil, I’m going to disappoint you and not engage in commentary on commentary. I’m getting on with the job of helping to create more jobs and delivering good tax changes to make life easier for people. NEIL MITCHELL: Well, isn’t it […]

Interview with Ray Hadley, 2GB

11 September 2015

RAY HADLEY: The Treasurer Joe Hockey is keen to talk about a good piece of economic news. He’s in the studio. Would you have still come in had the news been bad? TREASURER: Yes, I would. I would Ray, absolutely. Well you know I’m responsible whether it’s good or bad but I think it is […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News

10 September 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Mr Hockey, thanks very much for your time. I want to look at this ministerial statement you gave yesterday after your talks in Turkey at the G20. You’re cautiously optimistic about the global economy, why is that? TREASURER: I think China’s transition is going to work in Australia’s favour, and they are managing […]

Interview with Marius Benson, ABC News Radio

10 September 2015

MARIUS BENSON: Joe Hockey, unemployment figures coming out today. The general consensus is they might be a little better. Do you share that optimism? TREASURER: Well Marius, they have been a volatile series. One of the things that will become apparent over the next few months is, as a result of our changes to job […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House, Canberra

10 September 2015

JOURNALIST: Mr Hockey, it’s estimated that our military and humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria will cost about $1 billion, can we afford that? TREASURER: Well there’s always a cost to these things but I think Australians accept that accepting refugees in this sort of situation, and spending the money to protect ourselves and […]

Interview with Steve Sedgwick, CNBC

7 September 2015

Joe, really nice to meet you. Look, after all the excitement in Brisbane last year, I’ve got to say the Turkish Presidency feels like a bit of a letdown. You see, you’ve got all those lofty goals - the two trillion dollars, the two per cent extra growth, millions of extra jobs, it looks like […]

Interview with Louise Yaxley, AM

7 September 2015

TREASURER: Whilst there are divided opinions in the room about whether the United States Federal Reserve should increase interest rates, I think the danger for the United States Federal Reserve now is that if they procrastinate, if they don’t make a decision to increase interest rates, then that could be more damaging and stir more […]

Interview with Ryan Chilcote, Bloomberg, Ankara, Turkey

4 September 2015

RYAN CHILCOTE: You could argue that Australia and the Australian economy is more dependent on China than any other economy in the world. To discuss that we’re joined by Joe Hockey, he is Australia’s Treasurer. He is the man in charge of the country’s finances. Look, your GDP numbers came out earlier in the week. […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Sydney CPO

2 September 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Treasurer first things first, economic growth in this last quarter is slow, I mean point two per cent. The question is, even though the economy is in transition, do you believe it will transition quickly enough before we see quarters where growth becomes negative? TREASURER: Look, there are some good signs Ross. The […]

Press conference, Q&A, National Accounts – June Quarter 2015, Sydney

2 September 2015

TREASURER: Over to you for questions. JOURNALIST: Treasurer, with respect, the dollar dropped below 70 cents overnight. We’ve seen the weakest growth since 1961, how can you say with a straight face that the Budget is growing well? TREASURER: Well, it is wrong to say it's the weakest growth since 1961, it's just factually wrong. […]

Interview with Richo + Jones, Sky News

1 September 2015

ALAN JONES: I’ll just like to say it’s a delight to have an eminent politician such as Mr Hockey with us, however, it would be foolish to suggest you didn’t have problems. The Commission of Audit that Tony Shepherd brought down said that if you want to get to one per cent of GDP, a […]

Joint press conference with the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister, Parliament House, Canberra

1 September 2015

PRIME MINISTER: As you know, this is a Government which is focussed on jobs and growth every day, and the best way to promote jobs and growth is to get taxes down. That is why this Government is constantly on about lower, simpler, fairer taxes. This Government is constantly on about removing the bad taxes […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, 2GB

31 August 2015

BEN FORDHAM: Mr Hockey, good afternoon to you. TREASURER: Great to be with you, Ben. BEN FORDHAM: Thank you for coming into the studio this afternoon, quite a lot to talk about. We’ll kick off with Justice Dyson Heydon, who will remain as the head of the Royal Commission into Union Corruption. He has dismissed […]

Doorstop interview, Tasmania

28 August 2015

BRETT WHITELEY: Well it’s great to be here in Burnie, in Braddon, and it’s great to have Joe Hockey, the Treasurer of Australia, in this region with so much potential. We’re here today for the official opening of AJL, a brilliant new facility showing tremendous confidence in this region and this state. So it’s fantastic […]

Radio interview on 7AD, Tasmania

28 August 2015

JOURNALIST: First of all, tell us about your hopes for a republic. I noticed you’re going to chair a bipartisan approach on becoming a republic. Where do you think that’ll go – where it will lead to? TREASURER: Look, I think it will take a while. It’s an issue that is not the priority for […]

Interview with Paul Murray, Sky News

27 August 2015

PAUL MURRAY: Treasurer, thanks for talking to us on Paul Murray live. TREASURER: Great to be with you, Paul. PAUL MURRAY: Now, before we get to economic reform and all the rest of it, the sky is falling in because you are part of a parliamentary friendship group for the republic. It’s not quite a […]

Doorstop interview, Sydney

26 August 2015

JOURNALIST: Mr Hockey, what do you think, what do you hope, the reform summit might achieve? TREASURER: I think it’s hugely important that it delivers some outcomes. Show the path to jobs, growth and greater prosperity and importantly, if you can get everyone on the same page, where people agree on what the outcomes are […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast

26 August 2015

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Joe Hockey joins us now from Sydney. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Michael. MICHAEL ROWLAND: We saw most of the overseas markets up overnight, a bit of a see-saw on Wall Street, it was up strongly earlier in the day, the ASX bounced back yesterday, are you feeling some relief this morning? […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Money News

25 August 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Joe Hockey, the Treasurer, joining us on Money News. Many thanks for your time Joe. TREASURER: Great to be with you Ross. ROSS GREENWOOD: Look, here’s the thing. A lot of people wonder whether the Chinese fall is really speculative hot air that’s coming out. The big worry, the concern more was, when […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

25 August 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: On the line Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: I’m sure you’re getting a lot of reports from around the world overnight and analysis. Do they tell you the sky’s falling? TREASURER: No. No. We’ve got to have some perspective about this. Let me begin with China […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic, Today

25 August 2015

KARL STEFANOVIC: Joe, a good morning to you. TREASURER: Morning Karl. KARL STEFANOVIC: The markets are spooked. Are you this morning? TREASURER: No, I think Ross's advice to be calm is good advice. There are lots of moving parts here Karl. For a start, the Chinese stock market today is still 40 per cent higher […]

Q&A session, Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Sydney

24 August 2015

QUESTION: Treasurer, perhaps if I could just ask the first question. In a way you’ve brought together today the key message about the reduction in personal income tax rates, and I think many of us understand your position in the global context as well. What we do here as well is make reference to increasing […]

Interview with Peter van Onselen, PVO NewsDay, Sydney

24 August 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Treasurer Joe Hockey, thanks very much for your company. TREASURER: Great to be with you, Peter. PETER VAN ONSELEN: So is that right, there will definitely be an income tax cut of some sort that you will take to the next election? TREASURER: Well we’ve always said that we were going to […]

Doorstop interview, Sydney

24 August 2015

JOURNALIST: Treasurer, how can you afford tax cuts when you already have other spending cut measures that aren’t getting through? TREASURER: Well, as we illustrated in our last Budget where we delivered $5 billion of tax cuts for small business, if you’re careful with money, if you make very careful decisions about other tax initiatives, […]

Interview with Steve Austin, ABC 612 Brisbane

24 August 2015

STEVE AUSTIN: Joe Hockey, good morning to you. Are you concerned about the turmoil on global stock exchanges at the moment, Treasurer? Morning to you. TREASURER: Well, good morning Steve and thank you for having me on. Look, the markets will go up and down and we have seen a fairly lengthy period of extraordinary […]

Press conference, Canberra

21 August 2015

TREASURER: I met today with the state and territory treasurers and we had an incredibly productive discussion about tax reform in Australia. For the five hours that we met today and the two or three hours that we met last night, we had a very frank discussion about the need for taxation reform in Australia, […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

21 August 2015

JOURNALIST: [Inaudible] the GST threshold? TREASURER: I had very constructive discussions with the state treasurers last night. Clearly, we want to make sure that there is integrity in the tax system. If it is agreed today that GST should be applied to all online purchases, then that is a great outcome for Australian workers and […]

Interview with Marius Benson, ABC News Radio

21 August 2015

MARIUS BENSON: Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Marius. MARIUS BENSON: Is that settled that the threshold for online purchases will drop from the current $1,000 level to zero? TREASURER: Well, I had preliminary discussions with all of the state and territory treasurers last night. There appears to be a consensus that we need […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, First Edition, Sky News

21 August 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Mr Hockey thanks so much for your time this morning. There’s an expectation that the threshold - the $1,000 threshold for GST applicable to online purchases - will be scrapped today. The truth of it though is this should really be the start of reform on the GST, isn’t that right? TREASURER: Well, […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise

21 August 2015

DAVID KOCH: Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey meets with his state counterparts today, with a possible rise in the GST up for discussion. Joe's hoping to have a mature debate about tax reform and he joins us now. Joe, morning to you. Alright, a bit of a split between the premiers, higher GST or a higher […]

Interview with Sabra Lane, 7.30

20 August 2015

SABRA LANE: If you're one of the thousands of shoppers who buys goods online from overseas in part to avoid paying tax, your days could be numbered. Tomorrow, it appears likely that treasurers from around the nation will agree to scrap the $1,000 threshold on online purchases, which has meant until now those goods have […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

19 August 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: We’ll get to that in a moment, but have you got a bit of a problem in Cabinet? I see the Prime Minister’s calling for unity. Is there something other than unity going on within your Party? TREASURER: Well, I’m working closely with […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

17 August 2015

JOURNALIST: Treasurer, how disappointed are you with these polls that are out, the Ipsos poll, it showed that last week was a total disaster for the Government? TREASURER: Look, I think it’s hugely important that we focus on the things that matter to everyday Australians. There will always be issues that affect the lives of […]

Q&A, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Leaders’ Summit

17 August 2015

KATE CARNELL: Has anyone got a question? I might ask the first one. So there won’t be many questions so you better get in early, okay. Just in the last couple of weeks the Productivity Commission has brought down their report into the Fair Work Act. We argue that possibly the Productivity Commission [inaudible] in […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM, ABC Radio National

17 August 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The Treasurer joins us now, Mr Hockey welcome to the program. TREASURER: Well good morning Michael. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: You’re talking about reform. You talk about this speech after speech, the age of entitlement is over etcetera, we know all the words you’ve used. But you’ve got deficits going out for years, what is […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

12 August 2015

FRAN KELLY: Joe Hockey, thanks for your time. TREASURER: Good morning Fran. FRAN KELLY: Is this just a delaying tactic? TREASURER: No, not at all. Look Fran, you’ve got to understand the history of this in the Liberal Party Room. In 2004, John Howard took it to the Liberal Party Room that it should be […]

Press conference, Sydney CPO

8 August 2015

TREASURER: Ladies and gentlemen, Australia welcomes foreign investment and Australia needs foreign investment but at all times foreign investors must comply with Australian laws. Today, I announce I've ordered the sale of six residential properties unlawfully held by foreign Nationals in Australia. The foreign nationals currently live in four different countries. The five different orders […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

6 August 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Joe Hockey thanks for your time. The jobs data out today does show a quite solid increase in overall employment - 38,500 new jobs. But unemployment’s gone up as well; it’s now at its highest rate in some 13 years. Are you disappointed with these figures? TREASURER: Well, the headline rate is just […]

Doorstop interview, Bexley North

30 July 2015

TREASURER: Well it’s terrific to be here at Admire Florist and thanks to Shelly and Guy for hosting us. To my great friend Nick Varvaris, who’s an outstanding local Member. He himself has been a small businessperson and knows how important it is that the Federal Government never leaves behind small business. We say often […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

27 July 2015

FRAN KELLY: Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey joins me in the breakfast studio, Treasurer welcome to Breakfast. TREASURER: Good to be with you Fran. FRAN KELLY: I will come to climate change and tax reform in a moment but can I ask you first about the issue of political donations, because the Fairfax newspapers this morning […]

Doorstop interview, Studio Shirts, Sydney

23 July 2015

DAVID COLEMAN: Well good morning everyone and welcome to Padstow here in the heart of the Banks electorate here in Sydney. It’s great to have the Treasurer, Mr Hockey, here with us at Studio Shirts and with Roger Touma and his team. This is an example of a great Australian small business manufacturing and designing […]

Interview with Andrew Bolt, the Bolt Report

19 July 2015

ANDREW BOLT: On Wednesday the Prime Minister will go on a two day retreat with State and Territory leaders to try to nut out a tax system that won’t hold us back. Joining me is the Treasurer Joe Hockey, thanks for your time. If those leaders agree on one thing this week, what are you […]

Q&A – COSBOA National Small Business Summit, Sydney

17 July 2015

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the Treasurer is very happy to take some questions from the floor. I can see over the back there. QUESTIONER: Minister, thank you, you speak digital disruption. You talk [inaudible] in some of those terms. The biggest frustration to small business, sorry one of the biggest frustrations to small business, is […]

Interview with Stuart Bocking, 2UE Sydney

16 July 2015

BOCKING: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Stuart. BOCKING: Nice to be able to chat with you again. TREASURER: Good to be back. BOCKING: Thank you very much [inaudible]. Is it ten o’ clock in the morning or ten o’clock at night? Ten o’clock in the morning, fair enough. The issue of tax reform, it’s […]

PwC Tax Reform Forum – Q&A Panel, Melbourne

15 July 2015

MODERATOR: The Treasurer’s been very generous with his time. We’ve got about 20 minutes for questions. We might go straight to it, given the shortness of time. If you have a question, if you could raise your hand and let us know who you are and the organisation you’re from. QUESTIONER: [Inaudible] there’s so many […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast

15 July 2015

JOURNALIST: Treasurer, good morning to you. TREASURER: Great to be with you. JOURNALIST: In that speech you will highlight the growing gap between what the States and Territories spend and what they collect in revenue. Is a broader and higher GST the best way of bridging that gap? TREASURER: Well, not necessarily at all. As […]

Press conference, Parliament House, Canberra

14 July 2015

TREASURER: [Inaudible] The view on where we see events that have occurred in Greece overnight and more recently in China. Starting with Greece, the successful negotiations are encouraging. They are an important first step in helping to rebuild trust between the Greek Government and their European colleagues. We welcome the breakthrough in negotiations, but there’s […]

Interview on Bloomberg TV, Hong Kong

30 June 2015

PRESENTER: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s taken another step forward with the official signing ceremony for founding members. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey was in Beijing to make Australia the Bank’s sixth largest shareholder and he’s with us exclusively in the studio this morning. Treasurer thanks for coming in. Tell us about it. Now what does […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

27 June 2015

JOURNALIST: [Inaudible] TREASURER: [inaudible] and a reminder that this is a risk that is posed anywhere on earth. That’s why we need to defeat them at their source. That’s why we’re working so hard to put all the resources in that we can, to defeat these evil bastards at their source. JOURNALIST: Are you concerned […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

26 June 2015

JOURNALIST: Just one question, Bill Shorten has said that what the Coalition is trying to do is attack the independence of the ABC, do you feel that’s what you’re doing? TREASURER: No, look the Government is raising legitimate questions on behalf of the nation about the behaviour of the ABC. It’s perfectly reasonable, perfectly reasonable. […]

Interview on PVO Newsday, Sky News, Canberra

24 June 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Joe Hockey, thank you very much for joining us. It must be hard to keep the grin off your face over the last two weeks, getting your fuel excise through… KRISTINA KENEALLY: Pension reforms… PETER VAN ONSELEN: You name it.  Kristina Keneally, former Labor Premier jumping in to give you compliments.  The […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

24 June 2015

TREASURER: Alrighty, over to you. JOURNALIST: Can I just ask on the fuel excise yesterday. The Australian Automobile Association says that motorists are already paying enough tax when it comes to fuel. What’s your response on that first Treasurer? TREASURER: Well look, this is a hugely important structural saving. The Australian Government is spending more […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

22 June 2015

JOURNALIST: [inaudible] TREASURER: Could I say this about credit cards. I’ve been speaking with the Council of Financial Regulators for a number of weeks. I’ve asked the Treasury to work with them to get some responses on credit cards. Credit card rates are too high, but we’ve got to take this from a different angle. […]

Doorstop interview, Longreach

11 June 2015

JOURNALIST: Firstly, just tell us a bit about your trip to Western Queensland? TREASURER: Well we’ve come to Longreach today to meet with locals, to learn more about the fantastic tourism opportunities here in Longreach and in the region, but also to meet firsthand with farmers like Dominic and Vicki who are taking good advantage […]

Interview with Marius Benson, ABC News Radio

10 June 2015

MARIUS BENSON: Joe Hockey you want to talk about policy on housing affordability, can I ask you about that because housing affordability through the policies of this government, the previous government, in fact for more than a decade, has been declining. It’s been harder and harder for first home buyers specifically. Is there any prospect […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM

10 June 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Joe Hockey is in our Sydney studio and he joins me now. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Michael. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Doesn’t this show just how out of touch you are with ordinary Australians, I mean the answer to getting into the housing market is just to get a better job? TREASURER: Well, […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

9 June 2015

TREASURER: Good morning Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 20 years? TREASURER: 20 years, 20 years. Boy, 20 years. NEIL MITCHELL: Alright, 10 years. TREASURER: I like a bit of action. True Lies was a great movie, that was probably more than 10 years ago. Or Ocean’s Eleven or […]

Press conference, Commonwealth Parliamentary Office, Sydney

9 June 2015

TREASURER: Currently the Foreign Investment Review Board has 195 active cases being investigated for unlawful purchase of residential real estate across a number of states. The values in the properties being investigated ranges from $300,000 to over $40 million. 24 of the cases are voluntary cases, that is they've come forward to self- identify as […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, 2GB

5 June 2015

BEN FORDHAM: Now you have a bit of a link here with the Alto Group don’t you? TREASURER: I can see Anthony Altomonte over there, he’s – I went to school with Anthony and they’ve been great contributors to the North Shore for a very long period of time. In fact, in fact a long […]

Interview with Peter van Onselen, PVO Newsday

4 June 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Joe Hockey we appreciate you being there, I want to start by asking you I guess about this front page of The Australian, it’s also been reported. Doubters are clowns says Joe Hockey. I had to read into it I thought there was a bit of self-loathe in there because I recall […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

4 June 2015

FRAN KELLY: The Treasurer joins us again in our breakfast studio, Joe Hockey welcome back to breakfast. TREASURER: Great to be with you Fran. FRAN KELLY: Now, you said quote: “Australia has one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world. How good is that?” But how good is it Treasurer if our economy […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

4 June 2015

QUESTION: Treasurer what do you say to claims that you shouldn’t be taking credit for the GDP figures we saw yesterday, because it’s due to factors beyond your control? TREASURER: Well, people are entitled to their opinion. I’m not taking credit, I think the Australian people should take credit for a strong economy and being […]

Press conference, Canberra

3 June 2015

TREASURER: Today’s March quarter National Accounts confirm there is strong and broad-based momentum in the Australian economy. Real economic growth rose by 0.9 per cent in the quarter to be 2.3 per cent higher over the past year. This exceeds market expectations. This builds on growth, 0.3 per cent in the September quarter and 0.5 […]

Interview with Patricia Karvelas, RN Drive

27 May 2015

PATRICIA KARVELAS: Hi Joe Hockey. TREASURER: Patricia, great to be with you. PATRICIA KARVELAS: Good to spend some time with you Joe. Today we saw developments on a couple of issues. You introduced legislation to create the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund and we’ll talk about that in a moment. But can I first […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

27 May 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: He’s on the line, the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: Have you got a target on your back at the moment? Everything is going wrong. TREASURER: Well, I don’t accept that. I think the Budget’s going well, the economy’s improving. We’re seeing some good boosts in […]

Doorstop interview, Brisbane

22 May 2015

TREASURER: Thank you very much Jane, and to Sav and the family, I mean this is exactly the sort of business I was speaking about in my Budget speech. Mum and dad, kids involved in the business and if someone is an employee and they’re not related, they become family at any rate. Sav’s a […]

Interview with Samantha Armytage and David Koch, Sunrise

22 May 2015

SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE: The man who controls the money that can reduce congestion is Treasurer, Joe Hockey. He joins us now from Brisbane. Treasurer, good morning to you. Now, are you going to loosen the purse strings so we can get better roads and more public transport? TREASURER: Well Sam, the first thing is we actually […]

Doorstop interview, Townsville

21 May 2015

TREASURER: Well it’s great to be here in sunny, warm, beautiful Townsville, with my colleague and friend Ewen Jones. We met with Townsville Enterprise yesterday, we had excellent discussions. We talked about the development of North Queensland but also importantly, how local businesses and more than 10,000 of them, have the capacity to take advantage […]

Doorstop interview, Darwin

20 May 2015

TREASURER: I’m very pleased to be here with Natasha and the elected representatives of City of Darwin, to make a 50 metre pool, 50 metres. It’s kind of extraordinary that it’s 49.5 metres. But of course, being a capital city you should have an Olympic approved pool, and that means that your swimmers have the […]

Interview with Leon Byner, FIVE AA, Adelaide

19 May 2015

TREASURER: Good morning Leon. LEON BYNER: Thank you for joining us today. The North-South Corridor is getting a lot of coverage in the media. Seventy-eight kilometres of road. Why was no additional funding provided for the North-South Corridor upgrade? TREASURER: Well, we had received no final plan from the State Government even though we’d funded […]

Doorstop interview, Adelaide

19 May 2015

TREASURER: Well thanks very much Matt. You know, there’s a real energy around the business community and real energy around small business and family businesses. There’s a long standing family business we’ve just met. George is now fourth, fifth generation, and his siblings are involved as well. I love these stories. They’re employing Australians, they’re […]

Interview, 891 ABC Adelaide

19 May 2015

PRESENTER: Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, welcome again to the 891 studios. TREASURER: Great to be back. This is turning out to be quite regular. PRESENTER: We’re quite happy with that. Thank you very much. Do you have $9 billion for an upgrade of South Road from Gawler to Port Noarlunga? TREASURER: Do I have $9 […]

Interview with Peter Switzer, Sky News Business

18 May 2015

PETER SWITZER: Joe, thanks for joining us. TREASURER: Great to be with you Peter. PETER SWITZER: I’m sure it is. Considering the results, the reaction you’ve had to your Budget. Last year the Budget focus was on debt and deficit, this year it was jobs and growth. Are you worried about the economy?

Interview with Ray Hadley, The Ray Hadley Morning Show, 2GB

18 May 2015

RAY HADLEY: Treasurer, Joe Hockey. We’re about to talk about a whole range of other matters but you’re sitting there as I took the call from Sam, shaking your head. We have a major problem in the country with ice, a major problem. In rural and city areas it’s never been as it is now. […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic, Today, Channel 9

18 May 2015

KARL STEFANOVIC: That's how the Coalition is dancing this morning, the chances of securing a second term have increased quite dramatically with the Government and the Opposition locked at 50/50 on a two-party preferred basis in today's Fairfax poll. Newspoll tells a slightly different story with Labor ahead 53 to 47. One man who will […]

Interview with Barrie Cassidy, Insiders, ABC

17 May 2015

BARRIE CASSIDY: Tony Abbott once said that if he had to choose between pragmatism and policy purity, he would go for pragmatism every time. Is that the kind of thinking that you came up against when you were putting this Budget together? TREASURER: No. We focused on continuing with our economic plan which is built […]

Doorstop interview, Launceston

15 May 2015

TREASURER: Well, thank you Andrew and Carl, thank you for having us on your crayfish boat. It’s fantastic and it’s impeccably clean as well, which is just a real testament to your efficiency and it says a lot  about how hard you and your family work in this business. On Tuesday night we focused on […]

Interview with Jon Faine, 774 ABC Melbourne

15 May 2015

PRESENTER: Joe Hockey is the Federal Treasurer. On Tuesday night, he presented his second Budget since the election of the Abbott Government. He has been in Melbourne at a fundraising breakfast this morning and joins me in the studio this morning. Mr Hockey, good morning to you. TREASURER: Good morning, Jon. PRESENTER: The paid parental […]

Interview on Hot Breakfast, Triple M

15 May 2015

PRESENTER: Joe Hockey has just joined us, the Federal Treasurer. Joe welcome and thanks for coming in to Triple M this morning. TREASURER: Fantastic to be here. It’s pretty mild, it’s much milder than Canberra. PRESENTER: Oh mate, it was cold the other day but by in large Melbourne’s weather is pretty good. It’s cold […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

15 May 2015

TREASURER: Victoria can’t [inaudible] money for a project that they’ve decided they don’t want to proceed with. We are absolutely committed to East West Link. We have it as a contingent liability in our Budget. For anyone that wants to build East West Link – any Victorian Government that wants to build it, we’re ready […]

Interview with Mark Di Stefano, Buzzfeed – Periscope

14 May 2015

MARK DI STEFANO: Okay, we’re now going live Mr Hockey. So, welcome to what is being billed as the #HockeyScope interview. A lot of people are very excited. What I do want to ask first of all is how are you personally? How’s this week gone? TREASURER: Good! MARK DI STEFANO: Do you think you’ve […]

Interview with the Grill Team, Triple M, Brisbane

14 May 2015

ED: Mate, we’re good.  And we appreciate you coming on to talk Budget with people.  And I’ve already been out.  Joe, after you said that there was $20,000 we could write off for business expenses, I went shopping yesterday, my friend.  TREASURER: Good man.  ED: So I’ve had a go.  Excellent work.  I bought – […]

Interview with Leon Byner, FIVEaa

14 May 2015

LEON BYNER: Joe, thank you for joining us this morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Leon. LEON BYNER: Now, our State Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, says the extra funds from the Federal Government, which are about $977 million, about $858 million of which is GST, are unreliable numbers, and that he also argues that this amount pales into […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM, ABC

14 May 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Could it be that is a much more politically friendly Budget but one that fails to address the fundamental economic problems. Isn’t it the case from what we seemed to have learnt from your first two Budgets is that a political crisis will trump an economic crisis? TREASURER: No. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: What about […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

14 May 2015

JOURNALIST: Treasurer, the paid parental leave seems to be a sticking point with Labor and some of the crossbenchers at the moment, how important is it to get through the Senate and are you confident you can? TREASURER: Well, everything is important. I’m surprised that the unions and the Labor Party negotiated wage agreements for […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

13 May 2015

TREASURER: Good morning, Neil.  NEIL MITCHELL: Why are you targeting nurses and low paid charity workers?  TREASURER: Well, we’re not.  NEIL MITCHELL: Well, they’re certainly being affected by this cap you’re putting on tax free meals and entertainment.  TREASURER: Well, can I explain what happens at the moment.  There are, for example, charities that have […]

Interview with Stuart Bocking, 2UE

13 May 2015

STUART BOCKING: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning. STUART BOCKING: Thank you for your time. Mate, did you back into Leigh Sales’ car last night in the car park? What happened? Fair dinkum! TREASURER: Oh yes, she was pretty fired up… STUART BOCKING: I was there thinking [inaudible]… you dinged her car, what had happened? […]

Interview with Alan Jones, 2GB

13 May 2015

ALAN JONES: Good morning. TREASURER: Morning, Alan. ALAN JONES: Well done.  Well done. TREASURER: Well, thank you, Alan.  And it’s, you know, certainly not finished.  The job’s halfway there, but we’re getting there and, importantly, we’re giving Australians a chance to have a go, which is what we’re really good at as a nation.

Doorstop interview, Canberra

13 May 2015

JOURNALIST: [inaudible] TREASURER: Well, Labor was the inventor of [inaudible] and as you can see from credible economists that have looked at the numbers, it’s reasonable, it’s fair. Assumptions are erring on the side of conservative. JOURNALIST: Some economists have raised concerns in regards to the small business package that it won’t in fact boost […]

Interview with Jonesy & Amanda, WSFM 101.7, Sydney

13 May 2015

AMANDA: Treasurer, hello.  TREASURER: Good morning.  How are you?  JONESY: How are you going, Joe?  AMANDA: Are you trying to seduce us, Joe?  This time you’re all softy, touchy, feely, don’t worry about the deficit.  TREASURER: No, no, no, no, no, no, no.  We’ve still got work to do and we still have savings to […]

Interview with Lisa Wilkinson, Today, Channel 9

13 May 2015

LISA: Morning to you, Treasurer. TREASURER: Good morning, Lisa. LISA: Treasurer, tell us, what happened to the Budget emergency of 12 months ago? TREASURER: Well, we’ve taken a lot of action, there’s been a number of things that we decided on last year that have been implemented that have helped  to repair the Budget.  We […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, First Edition, Sky News

13 May 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Mr Hockey, thanks very much for you time. Now what do you say to the analysis, that while the spend for big business sounds a lot, it won’t actually shift the pendulum when it comes to economic growth? TREASURER: Well it’s not a spend for big business. We’re giving small business up to […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise, Channel 7

13 May 2015

DAVID KOCH: Look you said we are in an economic crisis really you’ve had to push the return to surplus out a couple of years. Surely things are still tough? TREASURER: No, it’s the same trajectory as last year. We’re still getting it down. The deficits have been slightly larger because we had a massive […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

13 May 2015

TREASURER: Good morning, Fran. FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, families and small business, the clear winners last night; you spend every dollar you save in this Budget, is this the type of Budget that could win you an election? TREASURER: Well, it’s not about an election Fran, it is about doing what is right. And this is […]

Interview with Kyle and Jackie O, KISS 1065

13 May 2015

KYLE: Hey Joe! JACKIE O: Hi Joe, how are you? TREASURER: Morning guys, how are you? JACKIE O: Good how are you, more like it? KYLE: Sorry to bump you up against the ‘man in the women’s underwear’ segment, but here you are talking about the Budget. Now they said the Budget winners - business […]

Interview with ABC News 24

13 May 2015

PRESENTER: Joe Hockey, welcome. TREASURER: Great to be with you. PRESENTER: Who do you put more faith in for some stability in the economy and for the Government: small business or Treasury with its forecasts which are – some people are saying – optimistic? TREASURER: They're not optimistic, they're about accurate. And why? Because we've […]

National Press Club address| Q & A session

13 May 2015

TREASURER: Well, thank you so much, Laurie and to your new sponsors at Westpac, I notice we've got two new ATMs up here and to my colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for coming along to hear a bit more about our economic plan for Australia. And it is important to remember where […]

Press Conference, Canberra

12 May 2015

TREASURER: Hello everyone. This Budget represents the next step in our economic plan. When we were elected just over 18 months ago we inherited Budget deficits over four years of over $123 billion dollars. We’ve reduced that by $40 billion dollars over a four year period, and in 18 months we’ve had to deal with […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30, ABC

12 May 2015

LEIGH SALES: Some of those points that they raised, I am able to raise now with the Treasurer Joe Hockey, who has just joined me. Treasurer, [inaudible]. TREASURER: Great to be here, Leigh. LEIGH SALES: Treasurer, is this what political retreat looks like? TREASURER: No, not at all. It’s part of our economic plan to […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News, Canberra

12 May 2015

DAVID SPEERS: The deficit is more than twice what you thought it would be a year ago, spending over the forward estimates is higher than any time during the Howard Government. Is the Budget crisis really over? TREASURER: Well no, we’ve still got work to do in relation to Budget repair but we’re on the […]

Interview with Laurie Oakes, Channel 9

12 May 2015

LAURIE OAKES: [inaudible] no nasties, what changed? TREASURER: Well, we made significant progress last year Laurie and that’s underestimated, but we actually have come a long way. Now we are on the next stage of our plan to build growth, and we’re investing. I mean, those free trade agreements are costing the Budget $6 billion, […]

Interview with Mark Colvin, ABC Radio, Canberra

12 May 2015

MARK COLVIN: Quick summation of the Budget in your own words to start with? TREASURER: Well, this is a Budget that gives Australians the chance to have a go, to invest, to grow their businesses, to help their families with more flexible childcare, and affordable childcare. It’s also a Budget that ensures that we continue […]

Interview, SBS

12 May 2015

JOURNALIST: [Inaudible] TREASURER: Well, hopefully Mr Shorten will see some common sense at some point and understand that you can’t keep spending the way the Labor Party keeps spending. We’re about reducing expenditure, the Labor Party wants to increase it, and increase people’s taxes. JOURNALIST: Business have welcomed the announcement tonight, but many welfare groups […]

Bloomberg interview, Canberra

12 May 2015

JOURNALIST: Well, first of all the Budget shows that Australia’s debt trajectory is forecasted around 18 per cent of GDP from about 3 per cent in 2010.  Does this cause you some concern that the rating agencies might put the AAA rating on watch? TREASURER: Not at all; because we have a good growth trajectory […]

Interview with Mark Riley, Channel 7

12 May 2015

MARK RILEY: The Treasurer Joe Hockey joins us now. Mr Hockey thanks for joining us.  TREASURER: Great to be with you. MARK RILEY: Have you achieved what the Prime Minister set out to achieve? Is this a dull Budget? TREASURER: This is a Budget that is focused on giving every Australian the chance to have […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

12 May 2015

TREASURER: The Budget is actually going to be focused on the issues that matter to Australians. We are focused on strengthening the Australian economy, giving people the opportunity to get ahead, to have a go. Market expectations are for a Budget deficit of around $40 to $41 billion, we're going to beat that and we're […]

Press conference, Canberra

11 May 2015

TREASURER Well today I'm announcing that the Government will be proceeding with two new major tax integrity measures in the Budget tomorrow night. The first measure, known as the multinational anti-avoidance law, deals with the activities of 30 identified multinational companies. These companies are diverting profits earned in Australia away from Australia to no-tax or […]

Interview with Laurie Oakes, Weekend Today

10 May 2015

LAURIE OAKES: Mr Hockey, welcome to the traditional Mother's Day Treasurer's pre-budget interview. TREASURER: Good morning. I have not had a chance to ring my mum or wife so I say to them happy Mother's Day and I love you very much. LAURIE OAKES: Last Mother's Day when we did this interview, you were riding […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

10 May 2015

JOURNALIST: Treasurer, why is it that Scott Morrison can announce through the Sunday Telegraph a $3.5 billion figure on childcare charges and then after the event, you feel reluctant to even confirm it? TREASURER: Well, the Prime Minister is announcing with Scott Morrison the childcare changes today. JOURNALIST: He’s already announced them in the paper… […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 2GB

7 May 2015

BEN FORDHAM: What does the Treasurer make of all this? He’s on the line. Treasurer, Joe Hockey, good afternoon. TREASURER: Good afternoon Ben. BEN FORDHAM: How are we? TREASURER: Great! BEN FORDHAM: You sound energised Treasurer? TREASURER: Well, you’ve given me a chance to get away from all the paperwork for just a few minutes […]

Doorstop Interview, Googong

6 May 2015

TREASURER: Well thanks very much Peter and to you Bruce. Thank you to John for having us at the Yellow Belly Café and obviously, this is the home I understand of Googong fishing. It’s good to see small business taking advantage of the reputation of the local area. Small business is the heartland of Australian […]

Press conference, Canberra

5 May 2015

TREASURER: Well today’s announcement by the Reserve Bank of a cut in the official interest rates is good news. Good news for families, good news for small businesses. Importantly, it will help to further stimulate economic growth and help to create more jobs. I say to the Australian people directly, now is the time to […]

Radio interview on FIVEaa, Adelaide

28 April 2015

PRESENTER: Well, in the domain now of FIVEaa is the Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Joe, you’re looking well. TREASURER: Leon, great to be with you, you’re looking well too. PRESENTER: Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of work to lose some weight, so… TREASURER: Oh good on you. PRESENTER: I think we’ve both been doing the […]

Radio interview on 891 ABC, Adelaide

28 April 2015

PRESENTER: Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, welcome to our studio. TREASURER: Great to be with you. PRESENTER: It’s good to have you in South Australia, because some people get the impression you don’t like us very much. TREASURER: Well that’s completely wrong, I like South Australia, have spent a lot of time here over the years. […]

Press conference following the opening of the ASX Customer Support Centre

24 April 2015

JOURNALIST: First of all, you must be pleased you get to ring your own bell? TREASURER: Well, the Australian Stock Exchange has helped to make many, many Australians much wealthier. Either through their superannuation, through employee share schemes or through direct share ownership and we want Australia to perform well. We want Australia to once […]

Opening the ASX Customer Support Centre, Sydney

24 April 2015

TREASURER: …Elmer, and to you Rick, and all of your team. Congratulations on what is a hugely impressive investment, here in the heart of my electorate. When the most impressive statistic you recounted was that it could power 5,000 houses, and I can think of one that's going to be connected by the end of […]

Doorstop interview, Sydney

23 April 2015

JOURNALIST: … Why isn’t negative gearing something that should be looked at? TREASURER: Well, negative gearing has been a hotly debated issue in Australia for some years. The thing about the Labor Party raising the issue of negative gearing is they haven’t properly thought it through. You can’t trust the Labor Party with taxation policy. […]

Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch Q&A, Melbourne

22 April 2015

QUESTION: Thank you Mr Treasurer for an informative and interesting talk. Certainly a very upbeat outlook on the economy, one that I didn’t agree with before you spoke. Now I read an article recently saying that in America nine out of ten people identify themselves as middle-class and they’re feeling increasingly economically insecure and vulnerable […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

22 April 2015

JOURNALIST: What’s your reaction to Labor’s proposed changes to superannuation and specifically, would you support a 15 per cent tax on superannuation earnings above $75,000? TREASURER: Well, Labor’s default position is always to increase taxes. First major policy announcement from Bill Shorten is about increasing taxes. We’re always skeptical of announcements from Labor, but I’ll […]

Interview with Barrie Cassidy, ABC’s Insiders

19 April 2015

BARRIE CASSIDY: Treasurer, welcome to the program. TREASURER: Good to be with you, Barrie. BARRIE CASSIDY: After a week of discussions on the global economy, are you more optimistic or more pessimistic about the immediate future? TREASURER: Well, I’m certainly more optimistic about the future. This time last year, there was a deal of pessimism […]

TV Interview, CNBC Squawk Box Asia, Washington D.C.

16 April 2015

JOURNALIST: Let’s bring in Joe Hockey right now, we’re honoured to have him with us. The Treasurer of Australia he joins us live out of Washington D.C., Mr Treasurer, Mr Hockey, great to have you on the show and appreciate your time. Now you’re a man right now who is facing a fair number of […]

Doorstop interview, Morgan Stanley event, New York

15 April 2015

TREASURER: The message I’ve got here in New York from some of the biggest investors in the world, is that they are looking for opportunities in Australia. They’re particularly looking to use us as a springboard into Asia, because unquestionably the growth in the world is going to come from the US and from Asia […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden – AM, ABC Radio, New York

14 April 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: While the tax debate has raged here, the Treasurer Joe Hockey has been in New York, hoping to get a better gauge on the international economic environment. His visit comes amid news of a weakening Chinese economy and warnings of further global downturn from the IMF and the World Bank. In the last […]

Doorstop interview, New York

14 April 2015

REPORTER: [inaudible] wants you to freeze last year’s GST distribution to ensure WA’s share doesn’t fall further. Do you support that? TREASURER: Well it’s one of a number of proposals that are being considered. We’re waiting to hear back from the States about their response to the specifics of the grants commission, but quite frankly […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast, New York

13 April 2015

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Joe Hockey joins us now from New York. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning, Michael. MICHAEL ROWLAND: At this meeting of G20 Finance Ministers, how confident are you that the will will still be there to boost economic growth by an additional 2% by 2018? TREASURER: There's no doubt that what was the […]

Press Conference, Q & A Session following Council on Federal Financial Relations Meeting, Canberra

9 April 2015

REPORTER: I notice your comments yesterday about the fact that you prefer a consensus on the GST distribution, but you do have the powers that you could use. You could ask the CGC to do this and that. One suggestion from Mike Nahan has been that perhaps the growth of the GST, the natural growth […]

Remarks following Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting, Canberra

9 April 2015

TREASURER: We have just concluded a meeting of Treasurers from the States, Territories and obviously the Commonwealth Government. The first item for discussion appropriately was relating to the Australian economy, and I must say that the mood of the Treasurers was that the Australian economy is in better shape than it was last year when […]

Opening remarks, Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting, Canberra

9 April 2015

TREASURER: I welcome all of you to the first meeting for this year of the Treasurers of Australia. And, in particular, can I welcome the many new Treasurers since our last meeting. Gladys Berejiklian from New South Wales, Tim Pallas from Victoria, Curtis Pitt from Queensland and Peter Gutwein from Tasmania. And I think the […]

Q&A at the CEPAR public forum

8 April 2015

QUESTION: Thanks very much. I'm David Bale, alumni invite. I just wanted to check whether the participation included unpaid work as well as paid work. Fairly simple question. TREASURER:  My assumption is it is assumed to be paid work. QUESTION: There could be a whole additional number of workers working in the unpaid work that […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

8 April 2015

REPORTER: Treasurer, how are you? TREASURER: Yeah, good. REPORTER: Can I ask about the Treasurer’s meeting tomorrow? Have you any intention of altering the GST distribution formula? TREASURER: There have been recommendations made by the Grants Commission. I had a series of discussions with various Treasurers today and we will be meeting tonight as well […]

Interview with Jon Faine, 774 ABC

31 March 2015

JON FAINE: Joe Hockey, good morning to you. TREASURER: Good morning John. JON FAINE: You said yesterday, in launching your paper – your discussion paper – that everything’s on the table. So, if you wanted to design a tax system from scratch – white clean sheet of paper, what would you do? TREASURER: There’d be […]

Institute of Public Affairs Q&A

31 March 2015

HOST:            Thank you Treasurer, while the microphone comes to the front for me to moderate the Q and A can I just say thank you very much for such a thought provoking address. I can assure you I have certainly heard of ASOS. I think my wife is responsible for at least one of those […]

Doorstop interview, Melbourne

31 March 2015

TREASURER: Any questions? REPORTER: [Inaudible] Are you looking at the age you can access superannuation? Is that something you are looking at to make it more affordable for the Government? TREASURER: Look, when superannuation was introduced in 1992, life expectancy was 72. Life expectancy today is 82. It’s certainly going to 100. So, we’re very […]

Interview with Triple M, Melbourne

31 March 2015

PRESENTER: Good morning Joe. PRESENTER: Morning Joe. How are you? TREASURER: I’m fabulous actually. PRESENTER: That’s the way. You a bit nervous mate? TREASURER: Three very intimidating guys [inaudible] I’m wondering whether you all pay tax. PRESENTER: [Inaudible] PRESENTER: [Inaudible] PRESENTER: Treasurer, you’re a good man Joe Hockey. It’s great to have you on Joe. […]

Interview on The Project, Network Ten

30 March 2015

PRESENTER: Please welcome the Treasurer, Mr Joe Hockey. PRESENTER: Guys, stay back, because I am going to ask the first hard-hitting question tonight to the Treasurer. You were at the World Cup final yesterday. There was a photo, you had a selfie with the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key. What is that – what's […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

30 March 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Treasurer Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: What a great morning. I’m just [inaudible] lots of lovely people around, beautiful sun. NEIL MITCHELL: Imagine if you could tax it? TREASURER: I wouldn’t want to do that. I don’t want to tax happiness. NEIL MITCHELL: Okay, well you’re taxing everything else. You’ve got this discussion […]

Tax Discussion Paper launch, Q&A

30 March 2015

CASSANDRA GOLDIE: Good morning, Treasurer. Thank you very much for your presentation this morning. I welcome your comments in your speech in that it's in the DNA of our nation to care for those who are the most vulnerable and the most disadvantaged. As you're fully aware the Council of Social Service and others in […]

Press conference, Melbourne

30 March 2015

REPORTER: [Inaudible] TREASURER: Well, I understand the Shadow Treasurer said they are up for a debate about reform of the taxation system – they're prepared to be a part of it. We welcome that, we welcome that and certainly we're looking for community engagement – a deeper community engagement. And it's all too often the […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM, ABC Radio

30 March 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The tax discussion paper will be released this morning by the Treasurer Joe Hockey and he joins me now. Treasurer, welcome to the programme. TREASURER: Good to be with you, Michael. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Now, why do we need another review? We’ve had plenty in the past, including, of course, the Henry Review just […]

Interview with Andrew Bolt, The Bolt Report

29 March 2015

ANDREW BOLT: Thanks for your time Treasurer. TREASURER: Great to be with you Andrew. ANDREW BOLT: Now, you copped a lot of blame for the last Budget not selling and it seemed to get you down a bit. Do you feel personally responsible for the Government trailing in the polls? TREASURER: Look, I’ll leave that […]

Australia China Business Council: Canberra Networking Day Q&A

25 March 2015

QUESTION: [Inaudible] My question is on the AIIB – joining the AIIB – becoming a member of AIIB. My understanding is the unofficial deadline is 31 March to become a founding member. Are we looking at joining before that date so we would become a founding member or are we looking at joining after that […]

Doorstop interview

25 March 2015

TREASURER: Questions? REPORTER: Mr Hockey, are you confident of overcoming the Cabinet divisions on joining the AIIB? TREASURER: There are no Cabinet divisions. REPORTER: [Inaudible] already signed or signed off by Cabinet? TREASURER: No final decisions have been made. REPORTER: Treasurer, what do you think about Andrew Forrest’s suggestion of the effective creation of a […]

Doorstop interview

20 March 2015

TREASURER: Perhaps I should start by saying something about Malcolm Fraser. You know, as a child growing up, I got my first impressions of politics under the Whitlam and Fraser Governments. Both Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser were towering figures in Australian history. Malcolm Fraser was a towering figure in more ways than one. He had […]

Interview with Patrick Condren – 4BC Mornings, Brisbane

20 March 2015

PATRICK CONDREN: Mr Hockey, what are you doing back in Queensland? We can’t keep you away, we might have to put a fence up at the border. TREASURER: Ease up, ease up. I’ve got a long-standing interest particularly in Far North Queensland. So no, it’s good to be back. I’m speaking on the Gold Coast […]

Interview, Triple M, Brisbane

20 March 2015

PRESENTER: Good morning to you, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey. PRESENTER: Hello Joe. TREASURER: Hello Ed. PRESENTER: Thanks for joining us. Good to have you with us. TREASURER: Well, thanks for having me in. What a beautiful day in Brisbane. PRESENTER: Marto’s got a theory on the weather, which he won’t bore you with… PRESENTER:  [Inaudible] […]

Doorstop interview, Five Dock Meat Market

14 March 2015

TREASURER: It’s terrific to be here with my friend Craig Laundy at Five Dock Meat Market. Mr and Mrs de Romanis and their son Gus are a great Australian story. They represent a family business. They illustrate all the great attributes of migration to Australia and also they illustrate the fact that life does not […]

Doorstop interview

13 March 2015

REPORTER: What’s your reaction to the resignation of Glenn Lazarus from the Palmer United Party? TREASURER: Well, quite obviously, it doesn’t change the way we interact with the Palmer United Party or any of the Senators. We’ve been treating each of the non-Green/Labor Senators as independents and I suppose that gives Dio Wang more power […]

Q&A Session, Chatswood Chamber of Commerce Lunch

13 March 2015

QUESTION: Thanks. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to speak. We’ve known each other from the [inaudible] and we’re… TREASURER: Just hold it close. That’s it. QUESTION: I’m a bit nervous. TREASURER: Don’t be, there’s only all these cameras around. QUESTION: [Inaudible] Talking to a Minister, I have never done that. So, one of the […]

Interview with Tony Jones, Lateline

11 March 2015

TONY JONES: The Treasurer Joe Hockey joins us now. Thanks for being here. TREASURER: Great to be with you Tony. TONY JONES: Okay, how much do you worry about this rising tide of intergenerational inequality; the multiple problems that young people face today trying to get a job, trying to get a house? TREASURER: I […]

Interview with Linda Mottram, 702 ABC

11 March 2015

LINDA MOTTRAM: Treasurers for a few years now have been releasing Intergenerational Reports on the odd occasion – every five years or so, looking forward 40 years. Now, as Stephanie says on the text, ‘I wonder how accurate we would have been in 1975 if we’d looked forward to 2015?’ It’s a very good question […]

Joint doorstop interview, Sydney

8 March 2015

PREMIER BAIRD: I'm delighted to be here today with the Prime Minister, the Federal Treasurer, the Roads Minister and local members. For too long in Sydney we have looked at projects along the M4 and the M5 and wanted them to get done. Communities around both these roads have said when on earth is the […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen and Paul Kelly, Australian Agenda, Sky

8 March 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN: We are joined by the Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Thanks for your company.  TREASURER: Great to be here.   PETER VAN ONSELEN: You always sound so sarcastic when you say that. TREASURER: No, no I am genuine. PETER VAN ONSELEN: Let's start with exactly what Paul was just talking about, he wrote about […]

Doorstop interview

7 March 2015

TREASURER: [Inaudible] when I said we are reaching out to the community and engaging in a conversation about Australia’s future, I meant it and it is about engaging in a discussion about how we meet head on the challenges of Australia’s future. Now, the fundamental point is this, as someone said to me in our […]

Doorstop interview, Bald Hills, Queensland

6 March 2015

LUKE HOWARTH MP: [Inaudible] Especially today after releasing the Intergenerational Report 2015 in Canberra yesterday and certainly it’s what Joe’s been speaking about and what the Intergenerational Report [inaudible]. As Joe just said, the children we’ve been talking to this morning and saying hi to this morning, in 40 years’ time will be younger than […]

Interview with Patrick Condren, 4BC

6 March 2015

CONDREN: Joe Hockey is the Treasurer of Australia. Mr Hockey, good morning. Welcome to Brisbane. TREASURER: Good to be here Patrick, although I’m not sure about it being overcast… CONDREN: Well, we had the good weather here yesterday. You should’ve been here yesterday the fish were bitin’ then. TREASURER: Yeah, it would have been a […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

6 March 2015

MITCHELL: I caught up with Joe Hockey earlier this morning. TREASURER: Good morning Neil. MITCHELL: Driverless cars – what are you on about? Driverless cars, how are they going to save Australia? TREASURER: Driverless cars won’t save Australia. You know the new technology that is in the pipeline is remarkable and it is going to […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM, ABC

6 March 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Treasurer Joe Hockey joined me a short time ago. Treasurer, welcome to the programme. TREASURER: It’s great to be with you, Michael. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The first Intergenerational Report under Peter Costello showed the number of elder Australians would increase dramatically – the big demographic challenge if you like. Isn’t it true that’s the […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise, Channel 7

6 March 2015

DAVID KOCH: Joe, good to see you. The police chief says he was trying to cheer them up, but was it insensitive of him to pose for those photos? TREASURER: Of course, Kochie, it was incredibly insensitive. It’s almost macabre the way this has been handled by the Indonesian authorities and I think we have […]

Interview with Paul Murray, Sky

5 March 2015

PAUL MURRAY: Treasurer, good evening. TREASURER: Good evening Paul. PAUL MURRAY: Now, it’s fascinating reading. I want everyone to go and do it for themselves, but there is a very scary picture about just how much money it is going to cost this country to pay for the healthcare system and to pay for the […]

Press Conference, Canberra

5 March 2015

TREASURER: Firstly, can I begin by thanking my colleagues for their work – Mathias, Kelly, Josh, and Bruce Billson from the Treasury and Finance portfolios. I particularly want to thank the Treasury for the enormous amount of work they've put into this and also those from a number of other departments who have been involved […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30 Report, ABC

5 March 2015

LEIGH SALES: The Treasurer Joe Hockey joined me tonight from Canberra. Treasurer, thank you very much for coming in. TREASURER: Great to be with you, Leigh. LEIGH SALES: The Intergenerational Report predicts that Australia’s population will grow from about 24 million today to 40 million by 2055. We already know that Australians are bothered by […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 2GB

5 March 2015

BEN FORDHAM: The Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey joins us live from Canberra. Mr Hockey, good afternoon. TREASURER: Good afternoon Ben. BEN FORDHAM: Have we got a lot to look forward to or not? TREASURER: Absolutely, it’s exciting. You know, we’re very privileged to have a quality of life that our parents and our grandparents could […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky

5 March 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Joe Hockey, there’s some pretty scary numbers in here. I’m wondering when you had a look at them, what was your reaction? Are you on the right track with all you’re doing or does it make you want to change some of your directions? TREASURER: No, I don’t think there are scary numbers […]

Press Conference, Canberra

4 March 2015

TREASURER: Hello. Okay, the Australian economy grew by a solid 0.5 per cent in the December Quarter to be 2.5 per cent higher over the past year. This is up from a revised 0.4 per cent in the September quarter. Growth was supported by a welcome lift in household spending, strong exports, and further investment […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

3 March 2015

REPORTER: [Inaudible] How much is the GP backflip – the GP co-payment backflip going to cost? TREASURER: Well, the total cost over four years was a little less than a billion dollars but we’ve obviously listened to the medical community. We are going to continue to work closely with the medical community. But it’s vitally […]

Interview with Stuart Bocking, 2UE

27 February 2015

STUART BOCKING: The Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Great to be with you, Stuart.  STUART BOCKING: It’s nice to see you again. Thank you. TREASURER: I’m sorry for running late but the roads are gridlocked with rain around here. STUART BOCKING: All the rain and everything else; all the more reason for […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky

26 February 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Joe Hockey, thanks for your time this afternoon. Can I start by asking: do you think there is a problem at the moment with too much foreign investment in Australian real estate? TREASURER: No David, we welcome foreign investment in Australian real estate because overwhelmingly it is going to go into new property […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast, ABC

26 February 2015

FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, good morning. Welcome to Breakfast. TREASURER: Good morning Fran. FRAN KELLY: Treasurer, yesterday you said that the – we’ll talk about the property market issue first – you said the new measures that you announced are essential for reassuring Australians that when they go to an auction they’re on a level playing […]

Joint doorstop interview, Kogarah New South Wales

25 February 2015

NICK VARVARIS: Good morning and thank you all for being here today. It is a great pleasure to have the Prime Minister and the Treasurer here in Kogarah, one of the great suburbs in the electorate of Barton. I would like to hand over to the Prime Minister. PRIME MINISTER: It is good to be […]

Interview on the Ray Hadley Morning Show, 2GB

25 February 2015

RAY HADLEY: The Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s on the line. Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Ray. RAY HADLEY: One of the things that – and I’ve got to – you know, not declare interest here but say how I’d feel. I’m the vendor; I want to get the most I can for my property. […]

Interview on Network Ten’s “The Project”

23 February 2015

PRESENTER: [Inaudible] The Prime Minister’s announcements today, we're chatting to Treasurer Joe Hockey. Joe, under these new proposals, exactly who would get their passports cancelled? Would it just be foreign fighters or would it also be people recruiting and financing terror here in Australia?  TREASURER: Carrie, you're going to see more detail over the next few […]

Doorstop interview

20 February 2015

TREASURER: [Inaudible] as many Australians as possible to take the opportunity to go into work. Now, we have to change the attitude of employers, and there are some very good employers – Bunnings being one of them where a quarter of the workforce is over the age of 50 and they’re even employing someone who’s […]

NSW Business Chamber’s Economic Briefing Breakfast Q&A, Sydney

19 February 2015

QUESTION: Treasurer, I guess the really big question for Australia is the growth rate going forward because obviously this really affects the overall position in terms of the country and the Budget and the deficit. Do you want to make any comment on that and what we can do to lift that to make sure […]

Interview with Patrick Condren, 4BC

17 February 2015

PATRICK CONDREN: Treasurer Joe Hockey, good morning TREASURER: Good morning Patrick. Happy New Year! PATRICK CONDREN: Happy New Year to you as well. The bookies have Malcolm Turnbull odds on to be PM at the next election – he has come in from $1.60 to $1.45. Have you got any money on him? TREASURER: No, […]

Doorstop interview

13 February 2015

TREASURER: [Inaudible] I am here with Nickolas Varvaris, the Federal member who previously was a local mayor and is very much in touch with this community. A great economic story in the last 12 months has been the record number of small businesses started in Australia. Over 200,000 new businesses have been registered and there […]

Interview with Chris Smith, 2GB

13 February 2015

CHRIS SMITH: Treasurer, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Chris. CHRIS SMITH: It’s not a good morning though; it’s not a good look. Can we start with the jobless figures? More than 12,000 jobs were lost last month. The jobless rate is at a 13 year high. What’s behind this? Why has the rate risen so […]

Interview with Linda Mottram, ABC 702

13 February 2015

LINDA MOTTRAM: Mr Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Great to be with you. LINDA MOTTRAM: Must to be nice to be out of Canberra. TREASURER: It is. This morning I went for a walk around the harbour and I’ll tell you… LINDA MOTTRAM: Nice? TREASURER: …there was a few sighs of relief to get out of […]

Interview with David Koch, Sunrise

12 February 2015

DAVID KOCH: We are joined by Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Morning to you Joe. Before we start, how do you bring confidence back into you as a Treasurer? TREASURER: Well Kochie, get on with the job. I think that's really important. Yesterday, the Prime Minister and I announced a major initiative in relation to foreign investment […]

Doorstop interview

12 February 2015

REPORTER: Treasurer, the Prime Minister yesterday didn’t rule out a handshake deal or some sort of agreement with Japan over submarines. Can you shed any light on that? Has there been any sort of agreement? TREASURER: No, and he said that in Parliament – there has been no agreement. So, I don’t know where this […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra

11 February 2015

REPORTER: [Inaudible] Treasurer, are you heartened by Peter Costello’s comments that you must persevere with Budget measures so you don’t break the country and break the Budget? TREASURER: There is no choice, there is no choice. If we do not get on with the job in partnership with the Labor Party, the Greens and the […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW Mornings

11 February 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Morning, Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: You’ve gone from rooster to feather duster in a very short time, why? TREASURER: Well, I think that is a bit unfair. Whether I was a rooster or a feather duster, I think I am still doing my job. NEIL MITCHELL: Are you in […]

Interview with Leigh Sales, 7.30 Report

10 February 2015

LEIGH SALES: Treasurer, thank you for joining us. TREASURER: Great to be with you, Leigh. LEIGH SALES: I’d like to start with the submarine project. Did the Prime Minster attempt to give the impression of a possible deal for an Australian submarine builder in order to cement a couple of South Australian votes for his […]

Interview with David Speers, Sky News

8 February 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Mr Hockey, thank you for your time this afternoon. TREASURER: A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon – with you, David. DAVID SPEERS: Indeed it is. I can’t think of a better way. Can I begin with the shift in the timing of the Party Room meeting? Malcolm Turnbull this morning said […]

Doorstop interview, Putney Hill Development Site, Ryde

7 February 2015

TREASURER: I am here with my good mate and electoral neighbour John Alexander who is going to tell all of you a bit about this development and then I will talk a bit about foreign investment and major new initiatives that Tony Abbott has announced in that area and then we will go to questions. […]

Doorstop interview, Padstow

6 February 2015

TREASURER: I am here with David Coleman. He is an outstanding new Member. He has been working incredibly hard here and is very engaged with his community [inaudible]. I thank all the team at this childcare centre for hosting us and giving me the opportunity to read a little story to some potential new voters […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 2GB

5 February 2015

BEN FORDHAM: Mr Hockey, good afternoon. TREASURER: Afternoon Ben. BEN FORDHAM: You were pretty pumped up today. TREASURER: I was visiting the Central Café in Queanbeyan and met the Mastoris family. The father came to Australia 50 years ago and started up a coffee shop in Queanbeyan – main street of Queanbeyan. His son has […]

Doorstop interview, Queanbeyan

5 February 2015

TREASURER: [Inaudible] I am here with Peter Hendy, who is an outstanding local Member here in Eden-Monaro. You know, when I come to a family business, it reminds me of the fact that I grew up in a similar family business. It is the family business that allows the next generation to have an education; […]

Interview with Marius Benson, ABC NewsRadio

5 February 2015

MARIUS BENSON: Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Morning Marius. Sorry about that. MARIUS BENSON: That’s okay, these things happen. It is a confusing time. TREASURER: No it isn’t, no it isn’t. It is coming down to phone coverage, sorry. MARIUS BENSON: No worries. I want to ask you about the leadership obviously, but can I […]

Interview on Network Ten’s “The Project”

4 February 2015

PRESENTER ONE: Joe Hockey has been right in the middle of the action today. He joins us now. Hey Joe, you've spoken to Malcolm today? TREASURER: Yes, I've just sat in six hours of Cabinet meetings with him and we're all in good spirits. PRESENTER TWO: Well, there's phone calls going on everywhere, Joe. Have […]

Interview with Michael Brissenden, AM, ABC Radio

4 February 2015

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Joe Hockey is the Treasurer and he joins me now. Mr Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Michael. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: On June the 22nd 2013, you said of the Labor Party, ‘they’re spending all their time talking about themselves worrying about who is going to have what job rather than worrying about the […]

Doorstop interview

4 February 2015

TREASURER: Hello again. REPORTER: Treasurer, what ran through your mind when you saw Dennis Jensen speaking last night? TREASURER: Thank god we are getting on with the job of governing. That is exactly what ran through my mind. We are getting on with the job of governing. The shackles are off the Australian economy. Now […]

Press Conference

3 February 2015

TREASURER: The Reserve Bank today cut interest rates by 25 basis points or a quarter of one percent. This is good news for Australian families and it is good news for Australian business. It is good news for jobs, it's good news for households. The Government is working hard to take the pressure off interest […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

3 February 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: On the line is the Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Good morning. TREASURER: Good morning Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: Well look, thanks for your time. You’re clearly a supporter of Tony Abbott. Have you spoken to Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull to get their guarantees? TREASURER: No and I don’t play those sort of games. My […]

Interview with Alison Carabine, Radio National

3 February 2015

ALISON CARABINE: Joe Hockey, thanks for coming in. TREASURER: Good to see you Alison and happy New Year. ALISON CARABINE: And to you; thank you Joe Hockey. We will get to the Budget and economic issues in a moment, but first, Tony Abbott told the Press Club that he is the best person to lead […]

Doorstop interview

3 February 2015

TREASURER: Can I say: I am not going to engage in speculation on gossip, full stop. I am focused on jobs, on how we can help families and on lowering the cost of living. Please, I say to Australia and the Australian media in particular, focus on what matters. And to everyday Australians – what […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic, Today Show

3 February 2015

KARL STEFANOVIC: We are joined by Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Joe, good morning to you. TREASURER: Morning Karl and happy New Year. KARL STEFANOVIC: How has your week been? TREASURER: Terrific, terrific. Look, Karl we… KARL STEFANOVIC: So [inaudible] start to it. TREASURER: Can we skip all the commentary and just go straight to the substance? […]

Doorstop interview, Jordan Springs, Sydney

30 January 2015

FIONA SCOTT: [Inaudible] here today with the Treasurer, here in Jordan Springs. This is just one of seven developments that are going on within the electorate of Lindsay. Lindsay does sit as a pivot point between the north-west growth sector and south-west growth sector. These two growth sectors are effectively like a Canberra being built […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, Sydney Live, 2GB

27 January 2015

BEN FORDHAM: Joining me on the line is the Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Mr Hockey, good afternoon. TREASURER: Good afternoon Ben and happy new year. BEN FORDHAM: Is it a happy new year? TREASURER: Australia is stronger this time of the year than it was last year at the same time. We have had more […]

Interview on Network Ten’s “The Project”

20 January 2015

PRESENTER: We are with Treasurer Joe Hockey. We’ve missed you - you are looking a million dollars after a break - why so long between visits to The Project? TREASURER: I have been a little busy doing a few things for the country, but I want to see more of you this year. I am […]

Interview with Neil Mitchell, Mornings with Neil Mitchell, 3AW

19 January 2015

NEIL MITCHELL: Federal Treasurer is on the line, Joe Hockey, good morning. TREASURER: Happy New Year Neil. NEIL MITCHELL: Thank you, well I hope it is. I mean you’ve got a few problems, haven’t you? I’ve even read that you’ve been at war with the Prime Minister. Is this right? TREASURER: No. NEIL MITCHELL: No? […]